Not available in 2020/21
Identities, Crime and Criminal Justice

This information is for the 2020/21 session.

Teacher responsible

Prof Coretta Phillips OLD 2.28


This course is compulsory on the BSc in Criminology. This course is available on the BSc in International Social and Public Policy with Politics. This course is available with permission as an outside option to students on other programmes where regulations permit and to General Course students.

Course content

The main aim of this first year core course is to introduce students, early in the programme, to key aspects of human identities and how they are related to the experience of crime as a victim, the commission of crime as an offender, processing by the criminal justice system, and the experiences of criminal justice professionals. Teaching will reflect the development of criminological knowledge with most theorising concentrating initially on social class, and then subsequently gender and race. More recently, criminologists have come to study religion and disabilities, with queer criminology and intersectional criminology newly emerging critical perspectives in the discipline. Indicative lecture content:

1. How do social scientists understand human identities?

2. Lombroso and W.E.B. Du Bois and the study of crime

3. Feminism, gender and criminology

4. The contemporary race and crime debate

5. Youthful transgressions

6. Reading Week (essay writing and project skills session)

7. Masculinities and crime

8. Gendered violence offline and online

9. Hate crimes

10. Immigration and crime

11. Indigeneity, crime and criminal justice

12. Intersectional Nexus I: 'Gangs' and corporate crimes

13. Intersectional Nexus II: Islamist and Far Right terrorism

14. Queer criminology

15. Intersectional nexus III: Intimate Partner Violence in LGBTQAI+ and heterosexual relationships

16. Youth Justice

17. Reading week (project workshop)

18. Experiencing Punishment I: Women in prison

19. Experiencing Policing and Punishment II: Minority groups

20. Minorities in the criminal justice professions

21. Revision

22. Project workshop


10 hours of lectures and 15 hours of classes in the MT. 10 hours of lectures and 15 hours of classes in the LT.

In MT Reading Week 6 there will be a two-hour essay-writing session and discussion about the LT project.

Formative coursework

One 1500 word essay is due in MT.

Indicative reading

Buist, C.L. & Lenning, E., (2016), Queer Criminology. London: Routledge.

Chakraborti, N. and Garland, J. (2015) Hate Crime: Impacts, Causes and Responses (2ndedition), London: Sage.

Collier, R. (1998) Masculinities, Crime and Criminology : Men, Heterosexuality and the Criminal(Ised) Other. London: Sage.

Du Bois, W. E. B. (1899) The Philadelphia Negro:  A Social Study. Philadelphia, PA: University of Pennsylvania Press.

Gabbidon, S. L., Greene, H. T. and Young, V. (2001) African American Classics in Criminology and Criminal Justice. Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage.

Gartner, R. and McCarthy, B. (2014) (eds.) The Oxford Handbook of Gender, Sex, and Crime. Oxford: Oxford University Press.

Lombroso C (1884/2006) Criminal Man. Translated and with a New Introduction by Mary Gibson and Nicole Hahn Rafter, Durham, NC: Duke University Press.

Phillips, C. and Webster, C. (2013) (ed.) New Directions in Race, Ethnicity and Crime. London: Routledge.

Potter, H. (2015) Intersectionality and Criminology: Disrupting and Revolutionizing Studies of Crime. London: Routledge.

Tonry, M. and Bucerius, S. (2014) (eds.) The Oxford Handbook of Ethnicity, Crime, and Immigration. Oxford: Oxford University Press.



Essay (50%, 1500 words) in the ST.
Project (50%, 2000 words) in the LT.

Important information in response to COVID-19

Please note that during 2020/21 academic year some variation to teaching and learning activities may be required to respond to changes in public health advice and/or to account for the situation of students in attendance on campus and those studying online during the early part of the academic year. For assessment, this may involve changes to mode of delivery and/or the format or weighting of assessments. Changes will only be made if required and students will be notified about any changes to teaching or assessment plans at the earliest opportunity.

Key facts

Department: Social Policy

Total students 2019/20: Unavailable

Average class size 2019/20: Unavailable

Capped 2019/20: No

Value: One Unit

Guidelines for interpreting course guide information

Personal development skills

  • Self-management
  • Problem solving
  • Application of information skills
  • Communication